Police appeal for more youth volunteers
ASPIRING police officers and peace-keepers are being invited to join an innovative programme from Police Scotland.
Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are being recruited in Oban by PC Claire Brown to be part of a growing group of young people who get together to promote the work of the force. PC Brown told The Oban
Times, said: ‘PSYV are groups of up to 24 young people who are supported by adult volunteers and led by a police constable.
‘For instance, we might be helping out at Oban Live or one of the many Highland games across the area, alongside officers at other commu- nity and national events across Scotland.
‘There is also an opportunity to get involved with national campaigns and receive training from expert officers on issues such as drugs and knife crime.
‘The aim is to strengthen the relationship with the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models.
‘PSYV promotes a practical way for young people to understand policing by supporting the police in their local area through volunteering.
‘As part of this, young people are given a chance for their voice to be heard and encouraged to promote good citizenship.
‘The programme is open to all young people aged 13 to 17, and this allows those people to get an insight into policing in Scotland and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities.
‘As the co- ordinator, I will be supported by a group of adult volunteers who come from all walks of life.
‘At the moment, the plan is to meet once a week in the high school.
‘There is no set day at yet as it will depend on what suits the majority of the PSYV volunteers. ‘Anyone who would like to join should contact me directly.’
PC Brown can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 101 asking for Claire Brown, PC L443.